Books by Richard Bernstein

CHINA 1945 by Richard Bernstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A nuanced hindsight assessment that expertly pursues the historical ramification of roads not taken."
Journalist Bernstein (The East, the West, and Sex: A History of Erotic Encounters, 2009, etc.), who was the first bureau chief in China for Time, uses his considerable expertise on the Chinese Revolution to create this immensely readable account of how the United States "lost" China to the communists and who was ultimately at fault: the Americans, the Soviets or Mao?Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A fascinating and memorable account of a life and times difficult to imagine today. (glossary) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1978, an 11-year-old girl fights poverty and prejudice with gutsy perseverance and talent to fulfill her dream of studying at the Beijing Dance Academy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 2009

"A diligent scholar pursues a subject given to theories of exploitation and dehumanization, but intriguing any way you look at it."
An investigation of the Western male's age-old attraction to Asian women. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2002

"An excellent job of synthesizing the many voices made available through the newspaper to form a coherent and forceful narrative. (16 pp. b&w insert, not seen)"
The planes came out of the blue, but their intentions were long in the making as New York Times reporter Bernstein (Dictatorship of Virtue, 1994, etc.) explicates in this taut narrative of the events, personalities, and circumstances surrounding the attacks of September 11, 2001. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2001

"Literate and witty, full of memorable moments and keenly observed details: both wonderfully entertaining and highly instructive."
A superbly realized account of travels into Asia Incognita. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 1994

"A sophisticated, tough-minded examination of the newest fault line in late 20th century American culture. (Author tour)"
From New York Times reporter Bernstein (Fragile Glory, 1990), a stinging attack on multiculturalism, a ``messianic political program...[that] does not take kindly to true difference.'' Just as the egalitarian ideals of the French Revolution fell into a dÇrapage (slide) that led to the Reign of Terror, Bernstein avers, so the civil-rights revolution has lurched into a leftist intolerance that is contradictory to its professed pluralistic ideals. Read full book review >